Open carry is not legal in the state of Tennessee unless you have a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. Even with a permit, it is not common unless you are in rural areas.
Open carrying a loaded handgun is a vehicle is legal for those with or without a Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit.
Below are some Tennessee Code Annotated sections relative to where handguns cannot be carried. Disclaimer: This list is not intended to be legal advice and is not necessarily all inclusive.
Click here to access a free online version of The Tennessee Code. To find a particular statute, enter the statute number (i.e. 39-17-1351) into the search box at the top left of the page and click the ‘search’ button. That will give you a direct link to the statute you want to read.
- TCA 39-17-1306 – Carrying weapons during judicial proceedings.
- TCA 39-17-1309 – Carrying weapons on school property. Also see Attorney General Opinions 09-129 and 09-160.
- TCA 39-17-1321 – Possession of handgun while under influence.
- TCA 39-17-1359 – Prohibition at certain meetings — Posting notice.
- Attorney General Opinion 09-170 – Firearms on Leased Property.
- Note that handguns are also prohibited at airports, military institutions, and any other building/area prohibited by federal law.
For concealed carry information, visit our Tennessee concealed carry page.
2/20/2019 – All information updated.
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